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H.R. 1292, The Disabled Veterans Commissary and Exchange Store Benefits Act (43 comments ↓)

H.R. 1292 would amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to veterans with a compensable service-connected disability and to their dependents.

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Jerry Vander-Heyden

March 31, 2015, 2:05pm (report abuse)

I support this bill for Disabled Veterans who were involuntarily retired from military service due to injuries while in the service of this great country. These brave individuals because of their injuries were not given the opportunity to continue their service and serve for 20 years. They literally gave a part of themselves for this country and they DESERVE this country's gratitude! I am in the midst of talks with Rep McSally of Arizona and Sen McCain of Arizona to garner their support for this bill.

Dally

April 1, 2015, 12:18am (report abuse)

Why should the cut-and-run types get any such benefit? They did nothing to deserve it.

You can be "in the midst of talks" with whomever you wish but the fact is these scumbags don't deserve this.

DooDah

April 29, 2015, 11:14am (report abuse)

Keep these cripples out of the stores. It's already bad enough with all the old retirees clogging up the aisles.

Navy vet

July 2, 2015, 1:47am (report abuse)

Ok please explain how a person that served their country and became disabled during that service and was honorably discharged and in my case against what I wanted is a "cut and run" type.

***

July 2, 2015, 4:45pm (report abuse)

Yoou left. That make you a "cut-and-run" type.

And on top of that you don't deserve commissary benefits.

Another navy vet

August 29, 2015, 3:48pm (report abuse)

I was forced out. I fought for a year to stay IN the Navy. And would be first in line if they needed me back. I didn't cut or run. And to the other post about disabled vets being scumbags, all I can say is WTF are you smoking.

WellArmed Disabled Vet

August 31, 2015, 4:46pm (report abuse)

If either of the douchebags (Dally and DooDah) who made the comments about those who "cut and run" or how we are cripples, care to travel to upstate NY, I'd be happy to whip either of your stupid asses for you. Then you can cry to momma about how you got your ass kicked by an old disabled vet who cut and ran after multiple surgeries. Bring it you little candy-asses. PLEASE. Bring it.

WellArmed Disabled Vet

August 31, 2015, 4:56pm (report abuse)

Unfortunately even the uneducated kids like Doodah and Dally have managed to learn to use the internet

@WellArmed Disabled Vet

September 1, 2015, 10:47pm (report abuse)

Now there's the dumbassed comment of the century. Do you realize you have communicated a threat to do bodily harm against citizens on an open site? Do you realize that with the proper motivation the webmaster can be forced to give your IP address to law enforcement?

You are, without doubt the biggest idiot on the planet. Not only do you make threats of physical violence agains others on an open site, but you sign yourself as "WellArmed". Just how do you think law enforcement officers are going to approach you? With their hand out to shake yours? Not likely. More likely you will receive a visit from a SWAT team with one thing on their mind. Just how many guns does this thug have?

And I hope you get exactly what you deserve. You are an idiot and your stupid drivel smears other veterans with more of the same $hit.

You are without any redeeming value at all.

Dally

September 1, 2015, 10:58pm (report abuse)

Why should the cut-and-run types get any such benefit? They did nothing to deserve it. I agree that all they would do is clog up the aisles and get in the way of those of who actually are in the fight.

I hear it all the time - "I wanted to stay but they kicked me out." That's a pile of crap. They may have kicked you out but there was good reason. And if you really wanted to stay you would have fought harder. We have people still serving with prosthestic devices and other disabilities right now. So I have absolutely no sympathy for those who chose to take the easy way out.

And for the loudmouth making threats I really doubt you are any more than some punk kid who was discharged for being mentally unfit who now wants to play at being the big man. Too bad you couldn't cut it.

Deano

(logged-in user) September 2, 2015, 10:41am (report abuse)

Those who left on medical discharges are seen by most as less than worthy. My personal experience with such individuals is that it is often true. They took a discharge, frequently with the hope of a disability check each month for the rest of their lives. Far too much effort would be required of them to work their way back to productivity in the service so they took the easy out.

It is unfortunate that some take to these sites with their bkuster and bluff about "whip either of your stupid asses" and other equally ridiculous threats. In the current climate that is communicating a threat and even though it was done in a semi-anonymous manner it can still be traced back to the individual and prosecution is very possible. Perhaps as the one who posted the threat said it is unfortunate that some have learned to use the internet. They are a prime example of that point. And by the way, being really stupid is not a viable defense against charges of making physical threats of harm to another.

bill47

(logged-in user) September 4, 2015, 3:06pm (report abuse)

The veterans that served our country deserve a break. There are disabled veterans that are just getting by because of there service connected disabilities. If you have not served the military as I have 27 years combined active military and civilian with the Army, Navy, Air force and DLA. I can say those that serve deserve the best from the population that they are protecting. I hope H.R. 1292 passes.

Drake

September 4, 2015, 8:17pm (report abuse)

Seriously, the people here that are being so hateful too their brother/sisters in arms are NOT the same individuals that had my back on many occasions and I had theirs. I am very glad I didn't have idiots such as these to deal with or they would of been deep-sixed very quickly by many. Self-righteous pricks is a good terminology for them.

Get over yourselves, you didn't win ANY war/conflict or even mess hall duty by yourselves.

Not to mention the px/commissary bargains are not what they use to be. For me it would be to at least be part of something much bigger than myself and be around like minded individuals. But, if this is what type of people the military now have on base then I think I will just stick with Kroger and similar establishments. Wally World can kiss my American ass.

abnrvn69

September 5, 2015, 6:15pm (report abuse)

The above name-calling and slurs are totally inappropriate, and reflect poorly on the persons who posted them.

imho, limiting such privileges to disabled veterans with compensable disabilities above a certain level, say 30% or 50%, would gave this Bill a greater chance of passage. The DVA itself provides certain privileges and medical benefits only to those above certain levels of disability.

Further, it is ironic that such a bill is introduced at a time when exchange and commissary benefits are being reduced, and numerous commissary facilities are being closed [partly due to base closures], putting greater strain [usage] on the remaining facilities.

Deano

(logged-in user) September 6, 2015, 11:54am (report abuse)

Those who left on medical discharges are seen by most as less than worthy. My personal experience with such individuals is that it is often true. They took a discharge, frequently with the hope of a disability check each month for the rest of their lives. Far too much effort would be required of them to work their way back to productivity in the service so they took the easy out.

@bill47

September 11, 2015, 11:31pm (report abuse)

Not buying the poor mouth act there Bill. A 100% disabled veteran gets at least $3000 a month. There are a lot of ordinary Americans getting by on a lot less.

Sounds to me like the veterans are just plain greedy anymore.

Anti-Deano

October 6, 2015, 10:46am (report abuse)

Veterans Suck!

Martin Kandl

October 12, 2015, 2:34pm (report abuse)

All these veterans are nothing more than low-life schemers attempting to get something they don't deserve.

navy vet 84

November 20, 2015, 8:30pm (report abuse)

It really saddens me to see the men and women who put on the uniform degrade each other. I thought we were supposed to fight not only for our selfs but our brother and sisters for all rights. Sorry to see so many vets hate the disabled Vets. I guess we are not part of the military family. This means that if you are a peace time retired vet should not get the same Benefits then someone who went to war.

John Black

November 23, 2015, 1:41pm (report abuse)

When you are put out of the military on disablility you have no choice . Do try to mentally take that in !

Martin Kandl

January 16, 2016, 11:31pm (report abuse)

Just a bunch of low-life cut-and-run schemers trying to get something they don't deserve.

Martin Kandl

March 14, 2016, 11:00am (report abuse)

"I wanted to stay."

"They forced me out."

"WOULDA, SHOULDA, COULDA!"

Why do these worthless cruds think we would believe their lies.

Veterans suck!

NAVY88

April 27, 2016, 12:41am (report abuse)

Most of these service members were not able to continue or were forced out due to the severity of there combat injuries. Since 9/11 there have been a lot of veterans who were deployed, some more than 5 times to a combat zones into harms way and have less than 20 years with a service connected disability rating less than 100%. These men and women are not lazy or cowards, they gave everything they had for god and country. They deserve this as a thank you for laying their lives on the line for this country.

I would like to see this become a reality and hopefully it will join this community as one. Your fellow combat veteran is not the enemy, we fought on the field of battle as one against the same enemy and we should do the same on American soil. Dividing the veteran community is sad, treat us all the same. We should be a band of brothers no matter what branch leaving no one behind. My self: 22 years, three tours on the ground Iraq.

***

April 28, 2016, 1:16pm (report abuse)

Same old whine.

"GIMME GIMME GIMME"

Bunch of lowlife scammers.

NAVY88

(logged-in user) May 3, 2016, 4:30am (report abuse)

Your time has passed, you will soon be out numbered, then what? Not many vets coming back know about this bill, all it need is the word to be put out and it will gain steam. Look at this bills history, gaining support by the year. Gulf war, Afghanistan, OIF/OEF/OND, different type of vets in operations than from your era. Let go of your anger, hate and jealousy. You'll live a healthier and longer life. I'll say a prayer for you.

Army 1969

May 14, 2016, 7:11pm (report abuse)

I hope that this bill covers all disable veteran with rating of 10-90%.I like to thank all the elected official that sponsored this bill.

***

May 19, 2016, 12:53pm (report abuse)

Same old whine.

"GIMME GIMME GIMME"

Bunch of lowlife scammers.

Army Officer

May 27, 2016, 9:09pm (report abuse)

While some Vets really does a service to their country by serving on theater areas, others who claimed 20 years of service never get out of their office's chairs claiming a retirement benefits and becomes haters. Some of us where medically discharge for serious illnesses and never received an opportunities for a better discharge.

Shame on you for been a real leash to the service!

@Army Officer

September 15, 2016, 11:40am (report abuse)

If you really were an Army Officer and if you are a typical example, then it is easy to see why the army is so poorly lead today.

Personally, I doubt you were ever a member of the armed forces, much less an officer.

To the point of this bill - there is no reason to provide commissary and exchange store benefits to those who are not currently on active duty. Those are the only individuals who deserve the benefit.

Demographics/Finances

October 5, 2016, 11:56am (report abuse)

http://themilitarywallet.com/aafes-allow-veterans-shop-online/

If everyone will go to the following link the benefits of allowing Honorably Discharged Veterans (Medically Retired included) will be shown. It's currently estimated that $100 Million USD if not more will flow into the coffers for use to improve MWR (Morale, Recreation, Welfare Program.)

This means more facilities, better products being sold at the physical locations instead of last year or last generation.

It also means better pool tables, calling cards, game systems, sponsored events for active duty personnel on post such as pool tournaments, game tournaments etc.

This would benefits the entire population as far as service members are concerned. Everyone can sit here and flame one another or make the entire population better.

It allows online access only which would not take up aisle space in physical locations, this will be rolled in late 2017 pending no hiccups.

Demographics/Finances

October 5, 2016, 12:04pm (report abuse)

As for those that continue to flame everyone that is your right as we have all fought for the freedom to voice an option whether it's healthy conversation/debating, or pointless arguing.

Everyone whether peace time, war time, combat veteran, retired veteran, honorably discharged, medically retired veteran has all committed the same level of service if not more by simply volunteering.

Being part of that 1 percent out of the 99 percent of the US population, I'm a combat veteran of Afghanistan, Iraq, and have been in Germany, Kuwait, and Kyrgyzstan.

I decided to leave because I didn't like the direction of the military and denied a medical retirement because I have to much pride and honor. Now I work for the Veterans Affairs to move up in that bracket to continue support.

The only people I have had issues with when I go on post to work for the VA are those that are usually E-4 and below on active status.

Demographics/Finances

October 5, 2016, 12:10pm (report abuse)

Here go, the junior grade status because they are a learning group who are wading through and the same goes for any officer O-2 or less. It's a learning experience.

Retired Veterans, honorably discharged veterans, medically retired, and those with a general discharge all use VA services so there is no discretion on service.

If the military affiliated society would stand together I promise it would push the bar to eliminate the no common sense policies in place or the hurry up and wait game that we all know well.

All are welcome to bash me, flame me, or provide constructive criticism because I will not return the favor. I am a leader and that's what I was trained to be not resort to the petty flaming because I am held to a higher standard as is any other Veteran, active duty, national guard, or reservist that has put in time.

Martin Kandl

October 10, 2016, 1:10am (report abuse)

With at most 16 more legislative voting days for the house this bill is dead.

The house has much more important business than a bunch of whiney veterans wanting more.

@Martin Kandl

October 18, 2016, 12:44pm (report abuse)

I wonder if you have ever served, since you spew so much discord, dislike, and anger. You call Veterans whinny, but you show no inclination that you have served, or have to go through any of the conditions Veterans have to on a daily basis.

If your source is the news, or internet, then you need to actually walk up to a Veteran and say what your saying to the face of a Veteran to hear the truth from a Veterans perspective.

Knowledge is the key to understanding all walks of life, makes it to where negativity is laughed at instead of responded to. I truly feel for you if you are a Veteran, Active Duty, or retired if this how you spend your time.

Have a good day sir and good bless you regardless of how you respond to me.

P.S. Not all Veterans fall under the misconception that you bring forth, it's as the old sang goes "It takes a few bad apples, then all the apples are tossed in the pile because it is believed they are bad as well."

Ed Rock

October 27, 2016, 10:24pm (report abuse)

There are a bunch of these worthless asswipes just drooling at the mouth here in Springfield, MO. The VA just started building a new medical facility for these scumbags. Now they can take the bus down the street to get their free drugs and their coffee and donuts.

What is it about this bunch of whiners that makes them think the rest of us owe them anything.

Worthless, just worthless, all of them.

Martin Kandl

October 28, 2016, 7:20pm (report abuse)

No I was never in the military, with good reason. By the time I came of age there was no more draft. And I'm a great deal smarter than the below average intelligence numbnuts who volunteered.

I went to school and became a productive member of society, not some alcohol sodden drag on society like the veterans I see here whining for more handouts every day.

Ed Rock

November 24, 2016, 11:22pm (report abuse)

Only 12 more working days for the House in this session. Sure looks like all you whiners and beggars are going to miss out on another one.

That's just too bad!

Demographics/Finances

December 2, 2016, 12:15pm (report abuse)

Have either you Ed Rock, or you Martin Kandl walked up to a Veteran and actually talked to one to if you can help out versus following a crowd of people.

There are more people from the private sector that ask for handouts then the entire military and Veteran society combined in running costs, but as stated previously you are numbnuts (Numb Nuts - is the correct usage) and can't see past you own discord.

The facts that you would be a financially savvy choice for active duty and veterans as whole. If you haven't served then how can you possibly understand or know anything about a Veteran or Active Duty military.

If you really got a education as stated then you would trying to support boosting and provide actual numbers behind your theories and statements. Not just making blank accusations, and for both of you there are so many homeless people that claim they are Veterans it's beyond belief.

Ed Rock

December 18, 2016, 11:31pm (report abuse)

And another one bites the dust. Oh so rightfully so too.

To the numbnuts (and I used it correctly in the vernacular) trying to justify the "GIMME GIMME GIMME" veteran crowd - you are just another bag of hot air. And most probably never served. Did you enjoy Canada?

It is too bad the once proud veterans have allowed themselves to become so low as to try to scam the good people of this country. Must really be tough down there at the shallow end of the pool.

Anyway, this bill has once again gone to the big trashcan where it belongs.

@Martin Kandl

January 1, 2017, 4:24pm (report abuse)

I am glad you were able to make something of yourself.After my service I went back to school and completed and undergraduate degree and then went on to complete my graduate degree. Not every veteran has issues with alcohol or drugs. You poor attitude toward veterans does show that you do not have a full understanding of what it means to serve your country. If everyone that has joined the military since the end of the draft is stupid or lacks a higher level intelligence as you say, Then you are saying we should not have a military. Since you are so smart, tell me what happens to a country that does not have a military? That's right, they do not remain a country for long. But maybe my assumption of you is all wrong. Maybe you are a proponent of the draft. Maybe that is your ultimate point. That the draft needs to be reinstated. But then what kind of military would we have if people like you were in it. Don't speak about things you don't know about. It just shows how little you truly know

Gulf War Vet

January 17, 2017, 7:36pm (report abuse)

WOW is all I can say to all of this hate spewed by so many who never knew a day of active duty service. By all estimates, veterans are the backbone of what we call "Freedom" as without them, we would not have it. I am so proud of my brothers and sister-at-arms who continually put themselves in harm's way to defend our way of life. A big hearty THANK YOU is in order - not this mindless negative banter on how "greedy" the veterans are. Of any group of people in the US, I believe that veterans can hardly be considered "greedy." Perhaps all of this is lost on those who find it fulfilling to be negative and hateful. And in that case, nothing is going to change (his/her) mind. For those people, I truly feel sorry, for it's obvious that something in their life is missing. Hopefully one day they will see how misguided their hate was, but until then, the rest of us just have to keep on pushing for the recognition and support that our veterans need.

Bandit 4

January 25, 2017, 8:31pm (report abuse)

I can't respect a person's views who speak on a subject they know nothing about. Fellow Vets, please ignore the cowards who claim they were too smart to defend their country. You know, the social media rangers. We chuckle at your responses and say to ourself, if they only knew. Also I would like to add every disabled Vet doesn't struggle with alcohol problems or 'looking for a handout' as you put it. I personally signed up at 17 because I knew I didn't want to go to college (many acceptance letters) because I was tired of school in general. I signed a blank check and somewhere my Presidnent decided to send us off to war....I didn't complain nor asked why, I performed my duty and now I have deployed 4 times, I'm burnt out. So no my friend we deserve anything our government gives us and eventually this bill will be passed as well..Have a wonderful day in this free country the armed forces continue to defend...just so you can your 'life' you have made for yourself.

Ed Rock

January 26, 2017, 12:37am (report abuse)

Why are you dumbf**ks still commenting on this bill? Don't you know it died when the new congress was sworn in? Oh yeah, I forgot. You are all dumba$$ed veterans who don't know $hit from shinola.

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